Monthly Archives: November 2008

Giving them what they want

As a service manager, my first impulse is always to give people what they want. My primary objective is to keep the customer happy (yes, I’m afraid even in Libraries these days we have started to call our users ¬≠customers). … Continue reading

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Undermining text

I went to the JISC Collections Annual General Meeting today. They are the people who procure and negotiate licences for electronic content (electronic journals, search tools like Web of Science and Scopus, and e-books) for UK Higher Education, Research Councils … Continue reading

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Data for biomolecular sciences

I’m not sure whether presentations are more like curries or sponge cakes. A curry is usually better if you prepare it in advance and leave it to mature for a day or two. A sponge is nicest when it is … Continue reading

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La meme chose

Following Martin Fenner’s lead , and telling you a little more about this blog, this is my martinmeme. 1. What is your blog about? Usually it is about things that I encounter in the course of my work as a … Continue reading

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Open Knowledge Foundation workshop

I recently attended a workshop on open scientific resources organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF). The OKF blog has some Notes from the meeting, but I present a few of my own reflections on the day here. The definition … Continue reading

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A strategy and an action plan

The British Library have published their strategy for the next three years. The document is admirably well-designed, clear and, at 16 pages, concise. It sets out the Library’s purpose and aims then summarises various “catalysts for change” and elaborating seven … Continue reading

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A rare occurrence

It’s only rarely that I attend a scientific seminar. Plunging into a dense jungle of cryptic terminology and unfamiliar concepts in the hope of seeing light at the end of the tunnel (to mix my metaphors) can be unproductive and … Continue reading

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